B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education and Teaching, Concentration in Engineering Education

Two undergraduate students looking at an engineering project in the classroom.

 
The B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education and Teaching, with a concentration in Engineering Education, prepares undergraduate students to serve as licensed engineering education STEM-related teachers in grades 6-12 schools (a new licensure area), and to serve as educators and leaders in schools and community-based settings. Our program goal is to provide a bridge into this interdisciplinary field by integrating engineering and education concepts to prepare teachers to inspire and engage the next generation of scientists, engineers, explorers and entrepreneurs.

Through the core education curriculum, students:

  • Are exposed to courses that instill fundamental knowledge and skills, with opportunities for observation and application in a variety of engineering settings
  • Engage in hands-on activities to help take complex concepts and bring them to life for students of all ages
  • Become knowledgeable about professional roles and workplace responsibilities
  • Learn basic aptitudes in the planning and implementation of engineering lessons for students in grades 6-12
  • Gain an understanding of engineering industry needs and how to partner with colleagues in and outside of school to help maximize the engineering curriculum for students

Program Highlights

  • Partnership between School of Education and College of Engineering
  • Eligible for license to teach 6th-12th grade Engineering in Virginia upon successful completion of program
  • Upon graduation students will be prepared to teach a number of technology education engineering courses
  • Add-On Endorsement Option: A PRAXIS II Content Exam is not required for the initial teaching license in Engineering Education. Technology Education AND Computer Science are options for additional endorsements if students take the respective Praxis II exams, and for Technology Education, secure an industry certification such as CAD.

Practical Experience

  • Curriculum is rooted in nationally recognized science and engineering standards
  • Hands-on and field-based experience throughout the curriculum

Our program integrates engineering and education concepts to prepare teachers to inspire and engage the next generation of scientists, engineers, explorers and entrepreneurs. Faculty are part of a scientific community that values discovery and exploration based in science and mathematics as expressed through engineering. The program provides students with a solid foundation in secondary education, engineering, mathematics and sciences necessary to be successful when engaging and introducing engineering to the next generation.

Graduates will be prepared to work in public and private middle and high schools across Virginia, with particular focus in urban and other high-need areas. Graduates will be capable of working with diverse learners and adapting instructional programs based on the needs of the students and clients.

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PROGRAM BASICS

How to apply: Choose your application type (transfer, freshman, or international)
Semester of entry: Fall, spring
Application deadlines for transfers: Fall, Mar. 15 (preferred); spring, Nov. 1. Rolling admissions all year for all terms.
Application deadlines for freshmen: Fall, Nov. 15 (scholarship consideration), Jan. 15 (regular decision); spring, Nov. 1.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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FINANCIAL AID

The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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